Careers in Agriculture
The Food and Farming industry provides a wealth of career opportunities, covering a wide range of skills and interests.
For those looking for outdoors careers, arable farming needs technicians to operate sophisticated machinery, such as tractors, harvesters, sprayers and drones. Livestock farmers need employees to manage valuable livestock, overseeing their nutrition, breeding and health. These jobs call for technical knowledge and practical skills, and training is available on farm and via apprenticeships run by county colleges.
At management level, foremen and managers are needed to supervise staff and make decisions on cultivations, weed and pest control, cropping policy, marketing and livestock breeding policies.
Fundamental to farming is the expertise provided, for example, by veterinary surgeons, agronomists, conservationists, plant breeders, animal geneticists, soil scientists, trials officers, animal and plant pathologists, agricultural engineers, land agents, conservationists, computer specialists, journalists, merchants and marketeers. For those with the ability to communicate and inspire others, there are opportunities in training, teaching and lecturing. Most of these careers require qualifications to Bachelor, Masters or Doctorate level, and training is available at colleges and universities throughout Britain.
The many career opportunities that food production has to offer and the education and experience needed to succeed in them can be found by searching on-line. Please visit our links page to find some helpful contacts.
Photo courtesy of Brian Finnerty/NFU.
Video courtesy of Suffolk Agricultural Association and Sally Bendall.